Power of Traditional POS in One Simple Device
A new GSM-enabled handheld Point of Sale device, Mobiprint, was just released by MobiWire. Mobiprint offers all the functionality and power of a traditional POS system, in one simple connected Java-based device. Touted as “paving the way for mCommerce in developing economies through cellular technology,” the device is ideal for account top-up, bill payment, e-ticketing, even lottery.
Designed and developed by MobiWire in partnership with Movilway, the Spanish-based electronic top-up service, Mobiprint uses GSM technology to enable the transfer of payment information directly to the secure server, resulting in immediate proof of the transaction. Basically, customers can pay with the POS device, using cash, and be immediately credited with top up/e-tickets or relevant proof of payment.
The first product launched in the South American market in Q4 2010, where a large percentage of the population is unbanked and pre-paid mobiles are prevalent. This is the first step towards further financial services offering easy solutions for a market that lacks traditional and reliable banking and credit facilities. From both a customer and small business owner perspective, MobiPrint’s secure and relevant offering aims to revolutionize business processes and narrow the digital divide by meeting the needs of frequently overlooked populations in places like South America, India, Africa, AsiaPac and Eastern Europe.
“As the market evolves there is a need for devices that build on and optimise the convergent technology in both a consumer and business context,” explained Jerome Nadel, EVP User Experience & Marketing at Mobiwire. “By using technology to deliver an intuitive and reliable user experience, we can deliver innovative connected services that solve real problems that affect people today and really start to transform markets. We are delighted to use our expertise and understanding of connected devices and user experience to develop a customised core technology platform that, together with Movilway, specifically meets the needs of a frequently overlooked market.”
2G, GPRS – Bands: 850, 1800 and 1900MHz
Dimensions: 191 x 81 x 55
Weight: ~ 300g
Chargers: EU, US and ARG
Screen type: TFT QCIF
Screen size: 2 inches
Matrix menu with customer icons
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French,
Battery: 900 mAh
Standby time: 320 hours
Printed tickets: ~100 using thermal printer
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